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Comments: Miggy is just brilliant - probably one of the best fanfiction authors I've ever seen. She serves up the best Gen fic the fandom has to offer and every one of them is inventive, articulate and filled with emotion.
Comments: Keitorin Asthore is a genius- she writes amazing fics and recently has been focusing on Kurt-centric fics as well as Klaine. Her OC's are well-thought out and well-written, the stories are believable and she puts a ton of effort into her them- it shows.
Seconded. Her writing style is beautiful and flowing, but the most amazing thing about her is the characterization. She does such a fantastic job pinning all of the canon characters, as well as creating well-rounded OC's.
Comments: Does a series of awesome Rachel/Puck/Santana pranking the school. With Pezberry in there too. I've been laughing out loud at some off the stories. Especially the one about murals made me laugh out loud for about 10 minutes. Simply awesome.
Comments: This author does a Faberrittana universe with polyamory involved. I've read somewhere that it is the best that this shipdom has to offer and tend to agree. There are fics about individual relationships between the girls too, also amorous. this particular fic got me tearing up halfway and totally in tears in the end. It does, however, include quite graphic sex scenes, so be warned.
Comments: This chick writes beautifully. Right now, she's in the middle of a series she calls 'Expect the Unexpected'. Each fic focuses on one character and gives them a wildly outlandish story-line, ranging from comedic to down right tragic. She's also writing a great take on Cormac Mc Carthy's "The Road", using the Glee characters, and in Mc Carthy's writing style. It's amazing.
Synopsis: That night, I learn that the man with the curly hair is named Will. I call him Mr. Will because my Mommy told me that that's the proper way to say it... Will's life as viewed by a young neighbor.
Comments: A really sweet view of how a little kid might see Will's life as heard through the walls. It's something I could really imagine happening, and the kid's got some great characterization going.
Synopsis: Quinn has just moved to Lima, Ohio and is pissed about it. She suddenly sees a boy in all white rolling across her lawn in a wheelchair. When she follows him she ends up falling down the rabbit hole and ends up in Wonderland.
Comments: A great, well-written crossover that was written by an author who clearly loves both Glee and Alice in Wonderland. They immediately dive right into an exciting and original plot too that somehow still manages to feel urgent all while showing the usual walking around and meeting people formula the Alice story is known for. Everyone she meets is a Glee character but none of them are ever referred to by their names-her writing is so clear that you immediately can tell who everyone is. It does dabble into quite a bit of romance between Quinn and "The Mad Hatter" but for the most part it's a fun and exciting read.
Seconded by redvelvetmock. Best. Glee. Fanfic. Ever.
Synopsis: Zombie Fic Lima is infested with zombies, and McKinley High's glee club, along with guest judge Emma Pillsbury, hole up inside the school to combat the blood-thirsty hordes. Full ensemble fic with emphasis on Puck, Rachel, Finn, Quinn, and Kurt. Now has its own page.
Comments: An action-packed, romantic, tragic, and, at time, genuinely scary fic that keeps up major suspense. It occasionally meanders in the middle but when it gets dark, it gets dark!
Seconded. The story is beautifully written, and very heart-wrenching, especially during the end. It manages to keep a dark sense of humor throughout.
May I add my two cents? Loved this the whole way through. Starts like standard Glee- Pop culture references ahoy!- But later gets into major zombie genocide business. Would fully say yes to, simply because it made me sit through a whole Puckleberry fic- And that's some of my highest praise.
Synopsis: When two boys open fire in McKinley, the Glee club has minutes to save themselves. And if some fall during the tragedy, can they recover? Is there a boundry to forgiveness? A time and a place for heroes? A limit for grief?
Comments: One of the most heart-wrenchingly tragic fics I've ever read in my life, and that's really saying something. The shooting itself is just soul destroying in how easy and abruptly some seriously major characters die, but the shooting isn't the main focus of the fic - most of it is the slow, difficult aftermath. The OC's who are written in are so realistic and well written, but then the whole damn fic is so emotive, you can't help but feel for everything that happens. It shows how an event like this can turn a whole town on it's head, and while it's a real Tear Jerker, it's so beautifully done that you WILL want to keep reading.
Synopsis: But she has to wake up. But she wont. Never Again... This is a story about Rachel Berry's death bed, and what people have to say to her. Who comes to say goodbye... and who doesn't. (Author's summary)
Comments: An absolutely beautifully written fic. Written in a brief yet poignant style that inexplicably manages to capture each character's voices. Bring tissues. A truckload.
Synopsis: On the third Friday of every month, Wes sits in the basement of a community center in Columbus, drinks cheap coffee, folds paper cranes, and waits for the phone to ring. (Author's summary.)
Comments: A touching study of an extremely minor character. So many fics shelve Wes into the roles of matchmaker, gavel-obsessed leader, or slightly boring guy-in-the-background. Here, he's fleshed out and given purpose, in a way we've seen no hint of in canon but at the same time is entirely possible. The fic also (in a way that won't be revealed, as it would be rather spoilery) ties in Karofsky, giving him a bit more motivation. Technically, it's AU by now, but still a fantastic read.
Synopsis: Two questions someone, someday, should ask that would give them all the insight into the mind of Brittany S. Pierce that they would ever want or need. (Author's summary.)
Comments: A gorgeous character study of Brittany. The author just gets her in a way that's very rare, and it's beautiful. It has some Brittany/Artie and Brittany/Santana, and a smidge of past Brittany/Kurt, but the pairings are only important in how they affect Brittany. A must-read.
Synopsis: “Kurt Hummel, the current Avatar, finds a Firebending teacher in the young Prince Blaine. But is that all he finds? Or will circumstances conspire to push them into becoming more, to the world, and each other? Fusion Fic!” (author synopsis)
Comments: A simply amazingfusion between Glee and Avatar: The Last Airbender. The characters of Glee have been placed in the world of Avatar, which is currently in the grips of a mysterious sickness; the plot kicks off when Avatar Kurt and crew (waterbender Finn and earthbenders Mercedes and Artie) run into Fire Prince Blaine. Kurt/Blaine is the primary pairing, but the author explores other relationships (both platonic and romantic) beautifully, in addition to writing incredible intellectual and physical action scenes; the fic is well-categorized as adventure. The author does a really good job with characterizing Glee clubbers as various benders and non-benders and is funny to boot. Enjoyable for fans of either series, delectable for fans of both!
Seconded extremely hard. The characterisations are flawless, the completely original plot is intriguing and gripping, the action is dynamic and well paced...all in all, this is an amazingly written fic that does huge justice to both Glee AND Avatar: The Last Airbender.
If this was a novel, and I was an editor, I'd strongly suggest that the first few chapters were heavily trimmed or cut all together. I almost gave up on reading this during the first few chapters... and then it suddenly turned awesome, and I totally lost track of time reading it.
Fourthed like crazy from duskdragon. Every character introduced has a moment for you to connect with and the characterizations are only matched by it's humor and action scenes. All in all a wonderful read that'll keep you invested for days.
Synopsis: AU: Blaine's parents have given him a present. No matter what Kurt tells him, Blaine knows that his gift isn't a person. (Author description)
Comments: Absolutely brutal fic in which certain children grow wings and those that do (called Angels) are seen as inhuman and sold into slavery. Kurt grows his wings late and as a result, doesn't suffer the brainwashing that most Angels do. Which just makes his enslavement that much worse. The first story deals with Kurt's enslavement and the way Blaine treats him (hint, it's not well) and the sequel, Weightless, deals with Kurt's return to his family and the long journey back to being happy. Both fics are heartbreakingly realistic looks at prejudice and the casual dehumanization that some of the characters show towards Kurt is painful to read. Both are also rated NC-17 for noncon and flashbacks thereof, be warned.
Summary: The Glee club and the Warblers go to summer camp. Embrace the chaos!
Comments: Though this is a work in progress (it's being written to tide Glee fans over until season 3) every chapter is amazing. As per usual, the characterisation is spot on, the humour's great and the author's skill really shows.
Summary: Quinn and Finn find themselves bodyswapped after an accident in the chemistry lab, and have to deal with the chaos and problems of each others' lives.
Comments: Still a work in progress, though there's plenty there already, and it's updated frequently. It plays the idea of bodyswap seriously rather than for comedy, though - as appropriate for a Glee fic - that doesn't mean there aren't some hilarious moments. Quinn and Finn try to cope while having no idea how to switch back, trying not to mess up their lives' more than they already are. It doesn't work so well. The main ship is Quinn-in-Finn/Rachel, though the author has also raised the possibility of eventual Finn-in-Quinn/Sam.
Summary: When Kurt Hummel was abducted by crazy time-traveling historians who live in bubbles, he never expected to find himself dealing with zombies. Or turning into a girl. Or living with his mother. Here there be angst.
Comments: First in the All Strange Wonders trilogy (AKA Weird Things Happen to Kurt Hummel) and one of the best fanfics I've ever read. The writing is gorgeous, the kids are all in character (which is an achievement considering the story's subject matter), and the original characters on their own make it worth reading. Make sure to read the sequels, Morning Shows the Day and Ten Thousand Remembrances when you're done. In fact, just read everything the author writes.
Synopsis: On the way to New York, the Glee Club is ambushed.
Comments: Surprisingly well done from the premise. Basically the Glee kids get held hostage to get money from a new fund at their school. Things quickly go downhill, particularly for Kurt. By the end of the fic, most of the characters in the show are involved in trying to rescue Kurt. Well worth a read.
Trigger warning: Vague hints alluding to Kurt being raped by one of the hostage takers, physical abuse of several characters
Summary: Sue locks Kurt in her basement in an effort to destroy Burt Hummel’s campaign. It goes about as smoothly as one would expect. (Set Season 3, beginning at 3x05)
Comments: This is unashamedly a Kurt Whump fic, but it's well worth checking out. It is oddly humorous yet heartbreaking at the same time. Sue is the same twisted megalomaniac who justifies kidnapping a teenaged boy with the same outrageous logic that characterizes her, but somehow against all odds manages to come out as human. Most of the characters involved feel very much in-character, from Burt's Papa Wolf to Blaine's guilt and love for Kurt.
Synopsis: The new coach is creepy, and the guys on the football team are worried he'll do something to Kurt. Turns out that's not what they need to worry about, because according to the man, Kurt's too smart to let it happen. And Finn isn't. Trigger: sexual abuse.
Comments: Whether you like Finn or not, your heart WILL break repeatedly throughout this story. Just watching everything the new coach does to the poor kid is bad enough but Finn thinking he deserve it for being stupid? GAH! My breaking heart! Seriously though; this story is well written and handles its issue well. We also get Papa Wolf Mr. Schuester and Burt and Mama Bear Carole by the end of it and a very touching end scene where Kurt's response to Finn admitting he's not sure that he didn't deserve what the teacher did to him is to say "Then we'll keep saying it until you do" and makes the atmosphere lift just a bit.
Summary: Being part of something special makes you special. (Also, having superpowers.)
Comments: This is an absolutely fantastic Glee/Marvel AU. Miggy has the characters perfect and has obviously taken a lot of time to write this very realistic fic. Highly recommended. (Work in progress).
I'm really freaking picky about reading WIP's and crossovers. This breaks all my rules, because the characters are rendered flawlessly, and no one is left out as is so common in huge ensemble fics. The prologue alone manages to grab you and suck you in, and the entire superhero genre is deconstructed so well (with all the logistics of 11 teenagers discovering superpowers, training, crimefighting, all without alerting parentals).
Thirded so hard. The author seamlessly mixes the Marvel and Glee universes and adds in a dash of realism. The characters are just as they should be, and it's exciting to see where it goes.
Synopsis: Things weren't going as Kurt expected, Dalton wasn't Wonderland and Blaine was painfully oblivious; then Harry swooped in, claimed the prince charming role without auditioning and led him down the rabbit hole... Kurt blamed the accent. Full summary inside. Will be Kurtx Harryx Blaine threesome. AU.
Comments: You have never seen a crossover like this. This story loses absolutely nothing despite being a non-magic!AU. All the HP characters somehow manage to be both in-character and more badass than their canon selves. You thought Kurt/Blaine was cute in canon? Well that was before Harry entered the scene. After reading this fic, you will wonder how in the world Kurt/Blaine ever worked without Harry in it. Story focuses heavily on character development, with tons of memorable Noodle Incidents and realistic depictions of friendships, romance. The writing style is easy to read, with only rare grammar mistakes, and updates are frequent. Kurt and the Dalton crew are the main Glee cast. Starts off as Harry/Kurt, with Harry/Kurt/Blaine in development. Has complimentary works under author's profile. Definitely worth a read!
Summary: The war is over and Harry needs to escape. Remus decides the Boy-Who-Lived needs a chance to be a normal kid, and whisks him away to a small town in Ohio. Drama ensues. Harry/Kurt, AU after 5th Book and Duets, rated for language and violence.
Comments: This is the fic that pulled this Troper from the Harry Potter fandom over to the sparkly extravaganza that is the Glee fandom. Remarkably well-written and a very satisfying fic, Auilus Nyx lets a war-scarred Harry start the road to recovery with a brilliantly in-character Glee Club, and you know, maybe discover love on the way. Features hilariously socially inept!Harry, likable characters, realistic PTSD, a musical number, and a gun-toting crazy face. Story is complete.
Summary: Harry and Kurt's relationship continues to grow. But while Harry is attempting to adjust to "civilian" life, Remus is doing less than stellar. Things come to a breaking point when Remus, who is heavily drugged most of the time, neglects to take his Wolfsbane and almost attacks Harry, escaping and eventually abandoning him. Darker and Edgier, turning Harry into an even bigger Woobie, and a major Tear Jerker especially when Harry is going through withdrawal from his medication, and the Hummel-Hudson family takes him in. Thank Merlin for Ron and Hermione. Story in progress.
Comments: As Eigen Locke said, Aquilus Nyx actually makes the characters on Glee likeable and helped open me up to their fandom. It's as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.
Trigger Warning: Story contains incredibly realistic depictions of mental breakdown/panic attacks. This trooper has never had a mental breakdown/panic attack, but still kinda needed a hug after finally exiting the Depression Forest.
Summary: Harry, with Remus as his guardian, has moved to Ohio to try and lead the life of a normal teenager. On his first day, he gets slushied. While he's cleaning himself off in the bathroom, he meets Kurt, who just took a fresh dumpster dive. Harry is immediately smitten, and decides to join the Glee club, hoping it will help him win Kurt over. Rated T for sex talk, and some minor Rachel bashing in Harry's inner monolouge.
Commentary: A sharp contrast to the above stories. Remus fills the Cool Uncle roll as Sirius had, though with more traces of an Absent-Minded Professor. Harry also gets to play Uncle Pennybags to help the Glee Club, when Sue once again tries to shut Will down over budget issues.
Pairing(s): Harry/Kurt also mentions of Cedric/Harry
Summary: Six years after the war ended, Harry and his adopted son, Teddy, have moved to Lima to escape the fame and just try to live as a normal family, changing their last name to Black in the process. Over the summer, they meet Kurt while enjoying a day at the park. Harry immediately asks Kurt out for coffee, and their relationship immediately blossoms. Burt is at first apprehensive about an older boy showing interest in his son, but the rest of the family gets him to warm up to Harry. Things are going great until on the first of his school, Kurt walks into English class and meets the new teacher — Harry. Even though Kurt recently turned 18, Student Teacher Romance is still illegal. They contemplate going their seperate ways, but realize they have fallen in love with each other. Burt and Carol give Harry their blessings to continue seeing their son, with Finn also agreeing to stay silent. They plan on moving to New York together if Kurt gets into NYADA. Over Christmas break, Harry gets special permission from Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebot to break the Statute of Secrecy and reveal his (and Teddy's) true identity to Kurt. Rated M for (eventual) sexual content. Updates every Tuesday.
Commentary: Harry is the most awesome boyfriend ever, spoiling Kurt at every opportunity in spite of the latter's protests. Teddy is the most adorable child ever (and at times, it appears that he's the Shipper on Deck pushing them closer together!). A Has Two Daddies scenario soon emerges, and his interactions with Kurt are precious beyond words.
Pairing(s): Rachel Berry/Quinn Fabray, Brittany S. Pierce/Santana Lopez
Summary: Glee inhabits the world of Percy Jackson and the Olympians - monsters, magic, and glee club, oh my.
Comments: At first when i found this i was like what but as soon as I began I couldn't stop, the characterization is great and you can actually believe the godly parents the author gave to each one of the glee characters.
Synopsis: A Rachel and Santana relationship that moves slowly from forced working together to a friendship to an (at least) one sided romantic feeling. Still on-going and nothing other than some blushes and sleepovers have happened and the fic still manages to catch your attention, something that really speaks of the skills of the writer.
Synopsis: It's Spring Break and Kurt's going on a road trip that is if he can find someone to go with him...Dad's orders...Puck wasn't his first choice by far but life is funny like that.
Comments: One of the main positives about this fic is that it captures both Kurt and Puck in character, and not rushing right into the romance or having a onesided attraction to start with. The plot is fast-paced and sexy, with a dark undertone looming and some of the best humor this troper has seen out of Puck.
Synopsis: (author's summary): Kurt has to figure out how life works now, and where he belongs.
Comments: Two-parter quintessential Klaine fic. Kurt's adjusting to life at Dalton. This fic is amazing in that it has a slow and believable build up to Kurt and Blaine's relationship. The author pegs Kurt (for that matter, everyone canon) very well, and gives a plausible excuse as to how he's willing to leave his best friends and Glee club to go to Dalton (hint; it isn't because of Blaine - that's just a perk). This fic reads quickly because you can't stop, it just flows that well. Read it, then come back and praise!
Synopsis: (from the author): Kurt may not believe in God, but that isn’t stopping his mother from trying to talk to him. It’s all Blaine’s fault really, not that Kurt knows that.
Comments: This fic is poignant and well-written and not only handles Kurt and Blaine's relationship in an amazingly sweet way, but also illustrates Kurt's feelings of abandonment from his mother's death. There's a really touching relationship between him and the rest of the members of Glee clubs, and is definitely worth checking out.
synopsis: Post-Furt: Spinning off from Glee, Kurt begins an entirely new chapter in his life at Dalton Academy for Boys. Blaine, Wes, David and the boys of Windsor House make his life, for better or worse, far more eventful than he imagined.
Comments: This is an extremely well written fic. It includes IC canon characters, well rounded OC's. Intricate plot, tense drama, light humor can all be found in this fic. Heck, reading Sue verbally bitch slap a rival cheerleader is worth reading this fic alone!
Seconded. I can't wait to see where this is going.
Synopsis: After years without any contact, Blaine asks to meet Kurt and catch up. Kurt writes him a letter explaining why he couldn't show up.
Comments: Bring tissues because this one is a major Tearjerker. One of the most beautiful and simultaneously heartbreaking fics I've ever read. I definitely recommend listening to the song it was inspired by because it enhances the general feel of the story.
synopsis: Zombie Fic A zombie apocalypse hits, and the glee kids must stick together to keep safe. (sorry this is seriously the best way I could explain it.
Comments: Extremely well-written. Everyone is in character. The story is heartbreaking at some points, but there's also a lot of moments of pure happiness particularly in the last chapter. Also, zombies and Sam/Kurt smut if that's what you're into.
Synopsis: Welcome to Wildwood Springs Health Camp! Today begins your journey into finding yourself - casting aside the old and embracing the true!" Otherwise known as Brainwashing Camp. Nick/Jeff, Klaine, AU.
Comments: The relationships in this are all portrayed exactly as they would be if some of the boys were forced to go to straight camp. Incidentally, Kurt is adorable in this.
Time and Again by Fyrewyre
Recommended by: Rainwolf95
synopsis: You wonder if you’re cheating, because something tells you that none of this can be real, that you haven’t earned this.
Comments: A one-shot focusing on the parallels between Dave's life and his fantasies (Sort of, the prompt that the story was based on says it's alternate events that happen after Dave travels back in time to High school through "Suitably vague means" and even the author isn't sure what it is any more) through high school and into his adult years. Just warning you, bring some tissues.
I've always disliked Kurt/Karofsky pairings because of how Karofsky acted in the past. This fic....this made me cry for a character I couldn't stand. A must-read.
synopsis: One pivotal moment can change everything. From a Faberry prompt, "Rachel and Quinn share a kiss during a game of spin the bottle. From that night forward both girls desperately try to deny what they felt; what they feel. The other Glee kids know what's up and attempt to play matchmaker."
Comments: A completed fic that tells the story how Quinn and Rachel slowly(!) fall for each other. The story has a very natural flow, people act believably and very in character. It features a sweet Kurt/Rachel-friendship, and it is very eloquently written.
I don't like Glee or fanfic in general yet I stumbled across this, started reading and loved it. Highly, highly recommended.
Summary: The summer right after Kurt turns seventeen is hot, and personal, and might kind of just maybe be the most important three months of his life.
Comments: A gorgeous, funny, and hot summer romance fic that manages to nail both characters. A treat to read, this has become this Troper's personal headcanon.
Seconded. It manages to be an incredibly playful fic and a humorous read. The author not only does a good job with the characterization of Kurt and Blaine, but does a good job capturing minor characters personalities as well. Additionally, it's nice to see a fic that is about the development of their relationship instead of just the build up to it. It's a light fluffly fic, and is good if you are looking for a breezy sort of romance.
Summary: Since before she can remember, Santana has always been mesmerized by fire.
Comments: A firefighter!AU. Beautifully written. The story has a feeling of being like a closed circuit; very insular to their relationship, which works incredibly in this context, and the author works in the imagery of fire — both real and metaphorical— to perfection. It takes place over several years and yet the pacing is perfect, and everyone is kept in character and believable. Although you might want to prepare yourself before reading.
Summary: "Blaine was such a gentleman. So dapper. So sweet. So perfect... Blaine was such a gentleman. Until he got mad."
Comments: This troper is a hardcore Klaine fan, so she was... reluctant to read anything involving abusive!Blaine (I mean, come on, he's Blaine freakin' Anderson!). Nevertheless, this is probably one of my favorite fics out there right now. The formatting and stunningly realistic (not to mention heart-breakingly believable, canon-wise) portrayal of an abusive relationship accumulate into one massive Tear Jerker. Amazing.
Summary: And Blaine sees the frustration in his eyes, the pain and the anger and he knows he can't do anything to alleviate it because the feelings are mirrored in him. (Author's summary)
Comments: An absolutely beautiful oneshot that takes place later on it Blaine and Kurt's (now-failing) relationship. Something of a songfic (to Dashboard Confessionals' "Stolen," though I personally think it works better if you haven't heard the song before), it incorporates music into their lives in a way that's perfectly natural, given whom we're talking about, without becoming too reliant on the lyrics. The writing style is poignant and almost surreal. Oh, and bring some tissues. And a therapist. No, don't put them away, you will need them.
Summary: Kurt Hummel is missing in Tinseltown. And Blaine Anderson is on the case. 1940's noir-style AU. (Summary on FF.Net)
Comments: As mentioned in the summary, this is an AU fanfic in the style of film-noir. This makes it dark, gritty, and absolutely thrilling (though it is NOT recommended for younger readers, as it is full of cursing, family-unfriendly violence, and various other things). Quick warning: The ending is sad and extremely unsatisfying. If you need to restore your faith in life, read The Dapper Highwayman by the same author.
Quite an awesome fic. There is a sequel in the works called The Swan Song which was not posted when the previous troper wrote their comment. The Dapper Highwayman is absolutely hilarious, as are many of her other works. I'd highly recommend anything by her.
Recommended by luckylucky, moooomoooo, 20thcenturyvole,SparkyYoungUpstart, and SpaceBetween
Summary:Seventeen years of [fearing, admiring, failing, loving] raising a gentleman. Kurt/Blaine, as narrated by Blaine's father. (Author's summary.)
Comments: Even before Blaine's line in "Sexy", fanfic portrayals of his father generally fell into one homophobic cliche. This fic breaks it all down. It's both realistic and heart-wrenching, throwing everything you thought you knew about Blaine's family out the window. The longing to relate to Blaine is almost tangible, and the story has a lyrical flow that seems to exemplify the pain and confusion.
Seconded so very, very hard. Everything about this character is excruciatingly believable, most particularly his feelings of grinding duty as he works hard to attend to his children's physical needs while despairing of ever relating to them emotionally. He's a study in all the damage that can be done by simply keeping quiet.
Thirded. When the show insinuated that Mr. Anderson wanted Blaine to be straight, everybody said he was a homophobe. This fic flips it on its head and makes you want to hug pretty much Blaine's entire family. And the narrative puts you in the same position as the father, making it all the more emotional.
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine, minor mentions of other canon relationships
Summary: Blaine put the past behind him, telling Kurt to have the courage he couldn't. But the worst happened anyway, and Kurt is left broken. Now Blaine has to pick up the pieces, but if he couldn't have the courage three years ago, how can he do it now? (Author's summary.)
Comments: This is without a doubt one of the best fanfics I've read. What happens to Kurt is absolutely heartbreaking, and the story flows at just the right pace; not too fast, but not too drawn-out. The characterization has to be the best part though. All of the characters from the show, even the ones that don't appear that often, are just so perfectly in-character that you can hear them speaking in your head as you read.
Synopsis: Kurt and Dave are able to form a tentative relationship with the internet serving as a well needed buffer. Their friendship grows through a series of events that could eventually lead to something more.
Comments: This is such a unique and adorable fic. Kurtofsky is famous for being a tentative pairing, but this so makes it seem realistic. Of course they start off abrasive, but you can tell that they are growing closer and Kurt is starting to see Karofsky for who he really is, without all of the drama from Mc Kinley. Warning some situations have adult content.
Seconded by Lyrical Enigma. One of the few Kurtofsky fanfics that is witty, funny, and starts from the very beginning. Every second is absolutely believable, and the characterization is spot-on (well, Blaine's quite a bit off, but this was before we knew virtually anything, and it's amusing as hell, anyway). Not a story you'll be soldiering through until they get together, and while it is a shipping fic, there's plenty of friendship and laughs to be found. Simply epic. Oh, and did I mention I'm usually a Klaine shipper?
Comments: NOTE— this is technically a fan comic from Deviantart, so I'm not exactly sure if it counts (feel free to delete it if it doesn't). Anyway, this basically pins all of Blaine's strange behavior on Jeff and Nick in the most hilarious way possible. To say more would spoil everything. It is well worth a read— this troper personally has a new head!cannon.
Synopsis: An opposing force is met with an equal and opposite force. Hope against defeat. Love against hate. When Sam's world is crumbling around him, can he find something equally great? Or maybe something even greater? Sam/Mercedes
Synopsis: Kurt tries to help Dave find his way out of the closet. When his words of encouragement backfire and things go more wrong for Dave than Kurt ever would have guessed, it's up to Kurt to help Dave pick up the pieces.
Comments: There are no words for how much I love this fic. It has perfect characterization and approaches the situation realistically. Which is to say, reading this will put you on a roller coaster of emotions. Warning: non-con. Bring lots of tissues.
Seconded by: zigzagzoom94. One of the best parts is the characterisation. You can see Kurt's feelings for Dave before he can, which is impressive because it is written strictly from Kurt's POV. Also you can often see and sympathise with different characters' perspectives on different situations and dilemas. This is what makes the story overall very engrossing.
Thirded by Sijie. Excellent story, one of the best of the Kurtofsky fandom. The best is that it doesn't paint Blaine as the villain (just slightly misguided, as he is in canon), or make Klaine out to be a horrible relationship. Even when Kurt's feelings for Dave surface, his love for Blaine is never denied.
Synopsis: Both Kurt and Blaine have known from a young age that we all die. Now, that prospect seems much too close to home, as one of them falls ill and their bonds are tested to the furthest they ever will be.
Comments: This troper cried throughout almost the whole of this fic. And then for at least half an hour afterwards. And has done the same every single time it's been re-read. It has some incredibly sweet, tender moments between them, but it just makes the inevitable conclusion even more heartbreaking. In case you might not have guessed, this is a massive tear jerker.
Synopsis: Wes’ senior year of high school is supposed to be a breeze: he’s got the perfect grades, he’s a shoo-in for the Ivy Leagues, he’s got everything under control. But then Kurt Hummel steps into his life and Blaine falls in love with Kurt and, really, what else was Wes supposed to do? The story of how Wes Warbler gets through his final year at Dalton Academy and, how along the way, he helps his friends, discovers some things about himself and learns to love life.
Comments: Written pre-Original Song, but wonderful anyway. Wes is a wonderfully real character here, his relationship with his OC girlfriend is adorable, and Kurt and Blaine, while not the primary characters, are catalysts for basically everything that happens and have a strong presence in the fic. Really a wonderful read.
Synopsis: That awkward moment when you reailze the new Irish kid has a crush on your step-brother. And the even more awkward moment when your stepbrother seems to be returning the feelings with realizing it.
Comments: One of the first fics this troper read with Rory in it, and by God it's hilarious. While the whole thing is rather crack-y, the "romance" between Finn and Rory is strangely adorable, and believable in the context of the story. There are also some really sweet Klaine moments.
Seconded very hard from duskdragon. Not only is it absolutely hilarious but it also has some amazingly sweet moments as well. This author has a knack for characterization and humor and it's definitely worth a read.
Thirded oh so very hard from Me4JustinB. It's incredibly funny and very touching.
Synopsis: "Puck would forever blame his sexuality crisis on his shoelaces." Or: How Puck and Kurt Fall In Love Through Adam Lambert Songs, Booty Calls, Video Games, and Sick Little Sisters.
Comments: This fic. This is Puck and Kurt at their very very best. AquilusNyx does a fantastic job of making this pairing utterly believable and absolutely nails the characterization of, oh, everyone who ever appears ever. And it is awesome. This is a must-read.
Synopsis: "This is the story of a boy; this is the story of three boys. Two brothers, two best friends, two lovers." Or: Puck and Kurt fall in love as Puck improves himself and they get closer to Nationals and University.
Comments: Excellent characterisation of anyone who appears and excellent prose all round. The OC s are believable and you (shockingly) genuinely care about them and the writers have nailed just writing about the characters lives (without unbelievable plot twists etc.) and making it wonderfully fresh and exciting to read. Huge and only becoming huger (stands at about 750,000 words at the time of writing) with wonderful detail being order of the day. Must-read.
Seconded so much by Kathadrion. It has as of January 2012 passed the 800,000 word mark and is updated on a weekly basis, but it is so worth the time it takes to read it. Fantastic characterisation and prose, as mentioned above. Also, the authors have boldly taken a canonically straight character and describe him as having been gay all along, without once going into Suddenly Sexuality territory. His coming out process is so fantastically written and believable, it's simply breathtaking.
Thirded by Nutmeg13. Every single character is both realistic and different enough from the show to be worth reading about, and although it's hard not to lose several days of your life to this fic, it is entirely worth every second.
Synopsis: "The tortuous evolution of Santana's feelings toward Brittany."
Comments: Because someone desperately needed to rec this. Follows Brittana's lives from first meeting to post season two, and does an excellent job of adressing canon events without quoting verbatim from the show. Also, it's written in second person the entire time - and it WORKS. See also the companion fic Pas de Deux, which covers the same events from Brittany's POV.
Synopsis: Sam was willing to admit, if only to himself, that it was possible that he might have a slight crush on Kurt Hummel. Set after Kurt's return and written during the break before "Sexy" aired so no Klaine.
Comments: I haven't watched much of Glee, nor am I a huge fan of it, but I stumbled on to this story one day and was very much delighted. It's a very well-written, well-paced story. The romance is believable, the challenge provided to the club is interesting (sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious, sometimes adorable), and from the little experience I have with the show, everyone SEEMS very much in character (i.e. Mr. Schuester gets an obligatory Journey reference in there somewhere, Sam likes Avatar, etc.). It's a really solid, enjoyable story that I can honestly say is one of the best fanfics I've ever read (and I've been reading fanfic for years now). Check it out.
 Underneath and Unexplored by [=icedwhitemochas]
Recommended by jakia
Synopsis: Kurt and Blaine think they are straight and become best friends. Then they fall in love.
Comments: Brilliant take on Kurt and Blaine's courtship. One of the first things we ever learn in canon about either boy is that they are both gay—this fic takes that and spins it on its head. Both boys are still the same lovable boys they are in canon, with their personalities still completely in tact, with just one small difference: they think they are straight. It's amazing how coming to terms with their sexuality just a few years later can change things so much. Their friendship is brilliant, and just stays so true to the show. It's still a work in progress, but updates regularly.
Synopsis: Blaine's always been told that the dragon you know is safer than the dragon you don't. A spin on the Klaine romance inspired by Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen's relationship from A Game of Thrones.
Comments: A beautiful work in progress that puts Blaine and Kurt in the roles of Daenerys and Drogo, respectfully, and plunges them into a original and unique fantasy world. It has a very similar feel to A Game Throns in it's blunt realist approach to Blaine's abuse and his budding relationship with Kurt while still retaining the voice of the Glee characters. It's also a breath of fresh air for people tired of Kurt always being the one painted into the role of the abused partner in need of rescue.
Tags: Lemon and Dubious Consent (though the fic hasn't reached them yet), physical and mental abuse of a minor, and an Arranged Marriage
Pairings(s): Se Blaine, Kurtofsky, failing/falling-apart Klaine throughout
Synopsis: Everything was perfect, until Blaine's desires start to gravitate toward Sebastian. As he and Kurt drift apart, will Blaine decide they are perfect for each other or will they discover that love comes from places they never imagined? (Author's summary)
Comments: An absolutely heartbreaking fic. It humanises everyone; Kurt, Blaine, Karofsky, and especially Sebastian, who has some SERIOUS issues. It begins lighthearted, but quickly becomes EXTREMELY dark. It's also a serious deconstruction of promiscuity, its effects on one's reputation, and the casual dehumanisation of promiscuous people through the derogatory use of words like "slut" and "whore".
YMMV, this troper found it to be one of the most ooc fics there ever was.
Here is an essay written by the reccer about the fic (specifically Blaine's behaviour) and which was endorsed by the fic's author. It doesn't explain everything but it clears up a lot of points.
Pairing(s): mainly Sebastian/Blaine, Blaine/Kurt, allusions to Kurt/Dave
Synopsis: After Regionals Blaine offers Sebastian a chance to restart their friendship and they try to make it work, both of them distrustful and unsure and having to deal with the sexual tension between them without actually resolving it. (Author's Summary)
Comments: Many Seblaine fics are AU or have an already established relationship, so they basically ignore how... complicated the canon relationship between Blaine and Sebastian is. But not this one. Even though you can feel that they really do like each other both as friends and in a sexual/romantic sense it doesn't have them get together easily. Sebastian has his asshole moments just like in canon but he is sympathetic, Blaine is flawed but also sympathetic and so is Kurt, who is not made a villain just because he is in the way of the main ship. It also touches upon Dave Karofsky's suicide attempt in a rather heartbreaking way.
Synopsis: Without even planning it, Puck and Kurt find out that they actually get along when no one is watching. But after sudden twist of events, they'll realize that getting along may not be enough for the two of them. (Author's Summary)
Comments: Way better than it sounds. Everyone is in-character, the plot is addictive, and you can't help but shed a tear even if you're not a particular fan of the pairing. It's an emotional roller coaster for you just as much as it is for the characters. The beginning is light-hearted and sweet but then it gets dark and heart-breaking and back to sweet again. You may lose precious hours of sleep but it is well worth it. Takes place around Never Been Kissed. Kurt never goes to Dalton. That's pretty much the main change.
Pairing(s): Blaine/Kurt, slight Kurt/Quinn and past Quinn/Puck
Synopsis: Blaine is fifteen years old and he hasn’t seen anyone in three days except for Thomas, his mother’s Def. (Author's Summary)
Comments: Wow. This story is brutally heartbreaking yet beautifully written. It deals with dark issues in a very realistic way. It's an AU in which people with unwanted characteristics are sold into slavery, sometimes by their own parents. The romance isn't really romance and it unfolds in a natural and un-rushed manner, really it's more about Kurt helping Blaine to heal. I was sucked into this universe immediately.
Tags: non-con, consent issues, explicit discussion of suicide, slavery, self-injury, and disordered eating.
Pairing(s): Blaine/Kurt, some Rachel/Finn, background Mike/Tina
Synopsis: "It's a big city for one more lost soul in a mask." (Author's Summary)
Comments: This is a really well-written story. There's a lot of layers to this - it's not just the love story, but a very compelling superhero story. It's also one of the few stories out there that uses fandom tropes as more than just window-dressing or comic relief - the fandom characters actually have a vital role to play in the main plot (and even more so in the sequel). Lots of angst and very long, but very well worth it.
Tags: Violence, consent issues, hate crimes, a nuclear scare. As the author says, "If you can read about it in the morning newspaper, it can happen in the fic."